In September 2002, a new quarterly 'zine hit the streets, dedicated to the voices of Chicago's contemporary art community. We call it: mouthtomouth.
What's in a name? First, we want to play a positive role in pumping some fresh air into art journalism in this town. Second, we believe the best people to promote, discuss, and comment on the art world are the folks involved in it--from the gallery goers to the gallery staff, from the artists (both established and emergent), to the collectors, dealers, and non-profits. So we are eliminating the middleman and going straight to the source with an all-interview editorial format. By adopting this first-person approach, we aim to open a window into Chicago's multifaceted contemporary art world that will intrigue and engage those of us already invested in it, while encouraging a more general readership to get in on the act. We want to represent the art community as we see it: a group of hard-working, committed individuals who have plenty of smart, insightful--and yes, funny--things to say about their lives and work, and the time and culture we live in. Moreover, we want to debunk the notion that this dialogue takes place on an obscure frequency only Chihuahuas can hear.
We are independent, conversational, and at times irreverent--the art world has a sense of humor, and we think we should, too. We are not full of glossy images or slick design, because we believe interesting, readable editorial content is its own reward. And we are distributing the magazine for free--in galleries and nearby businesses throughout town--because we immediately want to reach as broad an audience as possible.
We believe Chicago's art world deserves its own voice, and we hope you agree. Let us know what you think!
p.o. box 180078
chicago, il 60618-0078
Kristen is a writer, artist, and independent curator. She is currently a staff writer and Chicago correspondent for Art on Paper magazine, and over the past ten years has regularly contributed articles and reviews to local, national, and international publications, including ArtNews, New Art Examiner, Dialogue, Chicago Artists' News, and The Print Collector's Newsletter. In addition to her free-lance work, she has served as an editor at Stagebill and was formerly Managing Editor of Interludes, the in-flight magazine of Midway Airlines. Kristen is also a part-time faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Arts Management departments of Columbia College Chicago. A transplanted New Yorker, she was Associate Editor of The Print Collector's Newsletter from 1988 to 1992.
Julie is an artist and writer who moved to Chicago in 2000 after receiving her M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently represented by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, and is a part-time faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University.
Jeff is proud to be an art mutt. Originally trained as a composer, his work evolved in the mid-1970s to include spoken text, movement, and media such as slides and video. Since moving to Chicago in 1982, he has become well known as a performance artist. He has also had an active career as a critic and editor for publications such as New Art Examiner, Dialogue, and Chicago Artists' News. He was Assistant Director of Randolph Street Gallery from 1987 to 1990. Since 1981, he has taught in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently holds the title of Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts.